Phoenix Police Chief Still Has Support Despite Federal Investigation

By Steve Goldstein, Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, August 16, 2021 - 11:47am
Updated: Monday, August 16, 2021 - 1:21pm

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Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is flanked by officers and the city manager at a news conference on Aug. 5, 2021.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is finding herself under fire after investigations showed the department fabricating false charges on protesters last fall.

She was given a single-day suspension last week.

However, city-commissioned probes revealed that Williams’ assistant police chiefs kept her in the dark about charging protesters with gang-related offenses. A second report showed that Williams did not investigate officers who distributed commemorative-like coins that mocked protesters in 2017.

Now, the U.S. Department of Justice says it will be doing a deep probe into the Phoenix Police Department.

To parse through what’s happening, The Show spoke with the Arizona Republic’s Jen Fifield.

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